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Return to Campus, COVID-19 Update: Faculty and Staff

Washington DC 

As the Washington DC campus begins to open this Fall, SAIS faculty and staff are now able to access offices during specific building hours. If you plan to come to campus, keep in mind that COVID-19 testing is still required once per week.

It is essential that you follow all Phase 2 guidelines and restrictions currently in place when on campus. While Phase 2 re-opening is underway, please continue to review the JHU Return to Campus Guidance that provides a wealth of information on recommended health and safety protocols that we will follow as we begin our gradual, multiphase resumption on-campus activity.

For comprehensive information on campus operations, health, and safety of employees, employees’ read the Johns Hopkins University Phases for Resuming On-Campus Activity.

For more in-depth information, please review the message below sent out on June 8, 2021.

Faculty and Staff Update

Dear SAIS Faculty and Staff:

As the summer begins, we are writing to provide an update on your ability to access campus buildings. Beginning this week, SAIS faculty and staff are now able to access offices during specific building hours without a formal authorization letter from Human Resources.

The Nitze, Rome, and BoB buildings will be open and accessible Monday to Friday from 7:00am to 11:00pm each day. Access outside of these standard building hours will continue to be restricted only to those with the necessary essential work authorization.

If you plan to come to campus, please keep in mind that Covid-19 testing is still required once per week. This requirement applies to everyone, regardless of vaccination status. Even persons who are fully vaccinated must test each week. Frequent testing for those who come to campus remains a vital element in keeping our community safe.

The COVID Testing Site in the Nitze building (1740 Massachusetts Ave NW) is open from 1:00pm – 6:00pm Monday to Thursday. No testing is available on Fridays.  You can schedule an asymptomatic test through myChart. Self-test kits will be available when the testing site is closed.

For up-to-date testing center schedules and locations, you can visit the JHU Coronavirus information page here.

It is important that you follow all Phase 2 guidelines and restrictions that are currently in place when on campus. As a reminder, in addition to testing you are required to:

  • Use ProDensity to complete the attestation questions ahead of each trip to campus. Security staff will verify your Campus Pass upon entry to the building.
  • Wear a face mask when indoors, except when alone in an office that has a closeable door.
  • Respect 6ft physical distancing and posted room capacity signage. Meetings in faculty offices are not permitted at this time.

Campus Services will remain limited in Phase 2. We remind everyone to remain patient and respectful as we all adjust to our return to campus through these incremental steps. COVID restrictions and guidelines are ever evolving, based on public health conditions, and we are committed to protecting the health and safety of our community. We will provide additional information and updates throughout the summer regarding access to campus and fall operations.


Gamze Zeytinci
Senior Associate Dean for Finance and Operations

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